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There's a new online stitch-a-long starting up using an embroidery book I happen to know a thing or two about ...


Liz over at Shush I'm Quilting is organizing a Block of the Week or "BOW" and the goal is to make one embroidered block from S is for Stitch - my book ;) - every week until you have a completed alphabet.  Sounds like fun!

Just so you know, each alphabet block in the book is really small - all the designs finish no larger than 2".  Even when you add the lettering, one finished block is only 3-1/2". 

I purposefully made all the designs to be interesting and fun with cute details, but I only used simple, basic stitches.  So one block a week is VERY doable.  (In fact, you might find that making them is a little like eating potato chips ... hard to stop at just one.)

Funny story about the cover of my book.  There was a timing issue with the photo shoot and I literally had one weekend to stitch up 16 blocks so I could get them couriered to my publisher Monday morning.  My hand was pretty sore, but I learned that it took me - on average - about an hour to embroider one design.  Some a little more, some a little less.

(If I had to pick a favourite block from my book, Q is for Quilt would probably win.)

So if you're looking for an embroidery project and want some online company, go check out Liz's blog for details.


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Reader Comments (8)

OOh! what a temptation! Could I manage one more "along" in my world? I'll have to try. I did just stitch a name onto a quilt (your book sure helped! : ) thanks for the info!
September 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterElaine
Thanks Kristyne! I hope we get some quilts finished for you to look at :-)
September 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLiz
Sounds like an interesting and fun way to work steadily on a pretty project. Think I will have a go at it.

By the way, I have decided to follow your instructions to make a diamond hexi wall hanging to go over my mantle. Sounds lucious!
September 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCheryl
Oops, I forgot to ask this in my previous post. Could you provide the link back to a pic of your completed
September 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCheryl
Oops, I forgot to include a request in my previous post. Would you include a link back to a pic of your finished "S is for Stitch" quilt?
September 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCheryl
I'm still waiting to receive my book from Amazon! I'm having a hard time finding supplies in my area (very rural Alberta). Any idea of places that ship to Canada that would sell the thread and hoop and any other supplies I would need?
September 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTiffany
I love your book. I bought it right after it was featured on the blog tour. I've used so many of your ideas to brighten up pieces. My daughters especially like the ice cream cone on the front of their otherwise plain dress. Great detail, well written, was worth every penny!
September 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle T
I just love my book! I have use it three times already and can't wait to try the entire alphabet on a baby quilt
September 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPaula Chaffin

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